Post-Secondary Education Director
St. Augustine Preparatory Academy (Aug Prep) is a K4-12 Christian School on Milwaukee’s South side that opened in the summer of 2017. The school is a student-centered environment where young learners take ownership of their education not only in academics, but also physical health, creativity, and faith. Our graduates will go on to achieve their highest potential and make our city, and ultimately the world, a better place. The school currently enrolls about 1,300 students.
St. Augustine Preparatory Academy is seeking a candidate passionate about kids, Jesus and guiding students’ path to college and the workforce to fill a full-time Post-Secondary Education Director position. Overseeing a team of Post-Secondary Advisors working predominantly with middle and high school families, the Post-Secondary Education Director must be skilled at building partnerships with local and national college-preparatory and career development programs, fostering trusted relationships with families and navigating opportunities side-by-side with students as they design and advance down a long-term college/career path. The right candidate is dynamic, resourceful with a vision for opportunities, an excellent communicator and project manager, able to build relationships across multiple constituencies, and has a passion for empowering others’ personal and professional growth.
Job Responsibilities and Roles
Program Leadership & Development
- Model deep connection and belief in Aug Prep’s vision, mission and four pillars
- Build, lead and empower a high-performing team of post-secondary advisors/instructors equipped to best serve Aug Prep students and families on their journey to college and the workforce
- Demonstrate exceptional team and people management skills; deep commitment to and belief in developing others; ability to influence, inspire trust and motivate others to achieve objectives
- Design a post-secondary education curriculum, key events and other learning workshops/seminars for teachers, students and families.
- Identify resources for college going experiences (summer programs, college bridge, internships, and participation in other programs like Upward Bound).
- Build a network of post-secondary education organizations that know our graduate’s abilities and value.
- Identify resources for college financing including Advanced Placement credit options and scholarships (academic, athletic, community service).
- Annually set four- year goals/metrics and readiness indicators for each graduating class with updated benchmark targets, dates, strategies/tactics and persons responsible.
- Work in tandem with faculty and administration to ensure that the post-secondary education program is aligned to the school’s larger strategic/school plan.
- Create progress reports for faculty and administration as well as for parents on college going programs, activities, deliverables, events and expectations. (This information will be used for wider school newsletters, websites, etc.)
- Maintain positive and productive relationships, focused on collective problem-solving processes, in order to create, support, and sustain an environment conducive to optimal learning
Advising & Family Engagement
- Create a four-year playbook for each student grades 9-12 for post-secondary education that specifically addresses best-fit options; scholarship/financial aid plans; academic and extra-curricular goals/activities and service goals.
- Create an annual family engagement plan for grades K4-12 related to key events (parent classes, workshops, fairs, college tours).
- Support and advise families in the decision making process for post-secondary education, college application/matriculation processes, admission standards including entrance exams, possible majors of study and college freshman course selection.
- Provide families of special education students with options for transition to post-secondary education.
- Create and facilitate parent and student college knowledge group sessions and workshops and college visits.
- Plan, organize and facilitate college fairs, tours and summer ‘college going’ activities as well as organize and lead visits from post-secondary education entities on campus.
- Use data systems like Naviance© to track and maintain individual student academic, college going, application, scholarship, financial, matriculation, possible majors of study and college freshmen courses information.
- Systemic progress monitoring of each student’s progress towards graduation and post-secondary educational goal to update the playbooks and Naviance© files.
- Regular reporting on college going goals/work, readiness indicators college acceptance.
- Analyze student, graduating class, and full-school data to provide information on general trends, areas of focus and school wide ‘wins’ to best advise students, teachers and administration on college preparatory and going work.
- The candidate must be mission-driven, demonstrate the highest integrity, and be able to live the values, beliefs and culture of Aug Prep.
- A belief in the ability of every child and a commitment to ensure excellence for each student.
- Participating member of a local church.
- Bachelor’s Degree (Master’s degree in Career/College Counseling or Education a plus).
- Experience with college and career advising, preferably with high need high school age students and their families. Wisconsin Certification PI-34 desirable, but not required.
- Data-driven with ability to utilize technology to identify & track opportunities as well as student and school-level data. Experience with Naviance or similar system is preferred.
- Effective oral and written communication skills; bilingual in Spanish preferred.
- Strong strategic planning, project management, and organization development skills required; able to balance a focus on big picture priorities while not losing sight of the goals, deadlines and objectives.
- Team player committed to the St. Augustine Preparatory mission and model.
St. Augustine Preparatory Academy is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, sex, national and ethnic origin or any other basis prohibited by law when hiring, promoting, establishing wages, or providing benefits.
As a faith-based institution based on biblical principles, St. Augustine Preparatory Academy hires employees who agree with the school’s Mission Statement and Statement of Beliefs and adhere to biblical standards of conduct.